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Late Spurs rally overcomes Wycombe

Tottenham come from a goal down to beat Championship side 4-1 and set up a fifth round tie away at Everton

25 January, 2021 — By Dan Carrier

FA Cup Fourth Round

WYCOMBE WANDERERS 1 (Onyedinma 25)
TOTTENHAM 4 (Bale 45+2, Winks 86, Ndombele 87, 90+3)

IT wasn’t pretty, and at times it didn’t look too clever, either – but Spurs can breathe a sigh of relief having seen off a spirited Wycombe Wanderers side tonight (Monday) to seal a fifth round FA Cup tie against Everton at Goodison Park.

Tottenham would eventually head home from Buckinghamshire having stuck four past their hosts, but it took three late goals to give the result some respectability.

For long spells it looked like Jose Mourinho’s men might rue some profligate finishing that saw them create plenty but fail to convert what came their way.

After the match, goalscorer Harry Winks, whose 86th minute finish gave Spurs the lead for the first time in the game, said: “The FA Cup is so important and it’s something we take seriously. We have to come to places like this, grind it out, and win.

“It was a battle and we knew it was going to be that way. It was never going to be an easy game. The keeper has made some good saves and there were a couple of chances where we should have scored, but the resilience was there and we kept going.”

And while Spurs will look back at a feast of chances that on another night would have made this tie more comfortable, it was Wycombe who almost drew first blood on six minutes.

The excellent Admiral Muskwe, on loan from Leicester City, rose above his markers to direct a header goalwards, and Joe Hart had to be on his toes to tip the effort round the post for a corner.

It was a warning: Wanderers were up for it and their energy levels on a freezing night at Adams Park unsettled their visitors.

The home side edged in front on 25 minutes – and were good value for their goal.

Uche Ikpeazu turned Toby Alderweireld before putting in a cross that found Frank Onyedinma, who coolly gave Wycombe, bottom of the Championship, a shock 1-0 lead.

Spurs were jolted into life: Moussa Sissoko struck the post on 35 minutes following a heavy defection, and then Japhet Tanganga sent a header against the Wycombe bar.

Just as it looked like Wycombe would get to half-time with a precious lead, Gareth Bale got on the end of Lucas Moura’s through ball and lifted his shot over keeper Ryan Allsop to even the scores.

The equaliser didn’t stop Mourinho from shuffling the pack at half-time, with Tanganga making way for Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg to help Spurs get a grip on the midfield. It gave them a better sense of balance, but still the crucial second goal proved elusive.

Moura went close after tricking his way into the box, while Bale then burst past two players only to see his effort spin inches wide of the far post.

Mourinho turned to the big guns on the bench, bringing on Harry Kane for Carlos Vinicius, followed by Heung-Min Son and Tanguy Ndombele.

Kane soon saw an effort bounce off Allsop, while Son spurned two great chances: he drove a shot across the face of the goal when he should have at least tested the keeper, and then missed the chance of the game as he blasted over from 10-yards.

Then came the vital breakthrough from the unlikely boot of Winks. On 85, as Wycombe repelled another attack, the ball squirmed free for the midfielder, who guided a long-range effort home through a crowd of players.

Just a minute later, any slim hopes of another twist in this FA Cup tale was killed off. Son made inroads and found Ndombele in space. He did not need to be asked twice, slotting home with a first time strike that gave his team a sense of comfort.

Ndombele’s quick feet saw him get another in added time to put a sheen on a victory that forced Spurs to dig deep and persevere to earn a trip to Everton, where another tough test awaits.

Wycombe: Allsop, McCarthy, Grimmer, Knight, Jacobson (Charles, 34), Bloomfield (McCleary, 61), Thompson, Wheeler, Muskwe (Kashket, 73), Onyedinma, Ikpeazu (Akinfenwa, 72)
Substitutes not used: Stockdale, Pattison, Adeniran, Samuel, Mehmeti

Spurs: Hart, Tanganga (Hojbjerg, 45), Sanchez, Alderweireld, Davies (Rodon, 90), Sissoko, Winks, Lamela (Ndombele, 68), Bale, Moura (Son, 68), Vinicius (Kane, 58)
Substitutes not used: Gazzaniga, Aurier, Reguilon, Bergwijn


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